The Great Wall of China covers 40,000 miles and remains the largest man-made structure in the world. During this segment of the three-part Mysteries of Asia series, the filmmakers travel to different parts of the wall, including some that tourists cannot visit. They interview local authorities and historians who reveal that the Great Wall is not just one large wall but actually more than 20 walls that were built over 2,000 years. Though the wall was partially built to help keep out enemies, Chinese rulers also used it to keep their people from trying to leave. This Learning Channel production also profiles the emperors who oversaw the construction of different parts of the Great Wall. ~ Elizabeth Smith, All Movie Guide
The Mysteries of Asia three-part video series was originally produced for the Learning Channel. During this segment, historians and others examine temples built in India more than 1,000 years ago. They remain quite intriguing, though today's tourists rarely visit them. Records reveal that trained elephants had to drag millions of stone blocks to help erect these structures. The program notes that due to the temples' size, the U.S. Senate, Versailles, the Houses of Parliament, and St. Paul's Basilica in Rome could all fit within a single one of them. Michael Bell narrates as footage and animated maps are used to help viewers learn more about what these ancient structures look like and why they were built.